“Emojimovie” unlocks the secret world inside of your smartphone. All your favorite emojis live in the city of Textopolis, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. Miller’s character Gene wasn’t born with just one facial expression — he has multiple, an abnormality in Textopolis. Desperate to become “normal,” he enlists Hi-5 (Corden) and Jailbreak (Glazer).
“Over six billion emojis are texted every day, and emojis have become a universal language that transcends age and culture,” said Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, in a statement. “The power of emojis is that they allow you to express yourself in a fast and very fun way, and that is what our movie is about: self expression. We are very lucky to have some of the smartest and funniest actors today bringing their unique voices to this movie.”
Director Anthony Leondis added, “Hi-5 is a high-five emoji who is a highly motivated, and highly dramatic, hand on a mission (sorry), and the brilliantly versatile, ebullient and always lovable James Corden fits this part like a glove (sorry again). For the rebel ‘break all the codes’ computer programmer emoji Jailbreak, Ilana Glazer is the kind of singularly free-spirited, fearless and funny actress to make girls really feel the empowered ‘nobody’s gonna keep me in a cage’ attitude this character exudes. And, of course, T.J. Miller has proven himself to be one of the most genuinely inventive comedic actors around, uniquely capable of connecting and who can convey just about any expression–and often does!”
“Emojimovie: Express Yourself” is produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and is set for release by Columbia on August 11, 2017.